Halloween Candy Dangers for Dogs

Halloween Candy Dangers for Dogs

Halloween is on its way. Candy bowls are overflowing, and soon trick-or-treat bags will be as well. For more than half of the American households with a dog, however, all this fun can come with frightening consequences when we’re not looking out for Halloween candy dangers for dogs. Some favored Halloween treats are dangerous and potentially deadly for pets. How can you keep your furry family members safe while still enjoying the holiday?


The Pet Poison Control Hotline sees an influx of calls in the days surrounding Halloween. While not all candies are dangerous, some pose a greater risk. How do your favorites fare?

The Worst Halloween Candy Dangers for Dogs

The following treats are unsafe in any quantity:

    • Dark & milk chocolate

      Chocolate is toxic to dogs and can be fatal in large amounts. Chocolate can cause hyperactivity, shaking, rapid heart rate, and seizures. The higher the cacao content, the greater the risk. Smaller animals eating larger amounts are at increased risk.

    • Raisins

      Raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.

    • Macadamia nuts

      Macadamia nuts are known to cause vomiting/diarrhea, muscle weakness (especially in hind legs), shaking, and fever.

    • Any treats sweetened with Xylitol

      Xylitol can cause low blood sugar, seizures, and liver failure and is highly toxic.

Unsafe for Your Dog in Large Quantities

These are unsafe in quantities higher than 10-grams (the weight of 1 pencil or 10 paperclips). NOTE: Smaller dogs eating the equivalent of 10-grams will experience more severe effects.

    • Tootsie Rolls
    • Reese’s
    • M&Ms
    • Snickers
    • Milky Way
    • Butterfinger
    • Kit-Kats
    • Almond Joy

Don’t Fret if Your Dog Nabs a Few of these in the Night

These are not a health threat in small quantities. However, more than 10-grams can cause GI upset.

    • Candy corn
    • Smarties
    • Skittles
    • Starburst
    • Jolly Ranchers
    • Blow Pops
    • Lemonheads & sour candies

On this Late Night, Patrol Indoors & Out

Dogs are opportunists. Throughout Halloween night and before going to bed, make sure you have securely stored Halloween candy out of reach. Don’t forget to take a final lap after overexcited kids are in bed, keeping a wary eye out for left behind sugary bounty.

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